Are you an experienced entrepreneur with an idea that can improve the lives of a billion people using exponential technology?

Are you passionate about bringing a moonshot innovation from idea to reality? If so, we’re looking for you!

About Global Impact Challenges

Global Impact Challenges (GICs) are annual competitions held in partnership with sponsor organizations worldwide and organized by geography and theme. These challenges are an open call to entrepreneurs, leaders, scientists, and engineers with the most innovative ideas for moonshot innovations and startups that can positively impact a billion people in 10 years.

The winner of each Challenge receives a full sponsorship to attend one of Singularity University’s transformational programs. Each GIC listed below details its prize on their webpage.

Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Applicants must be at least 21 years of age
  • Applicants must be fluent in spoken and written English
“Through the experience, knowledge and network acquired at GSP, I expect to push the project much further.”

2019 Challenges

GIC Argentina 2019 Icon

SingularityU Argentina
Global Impact Challenge

Applications open

Apply now

GIC Australia Icon

SingularityU Australia
Global Impact Challenge

Applications closed

See challenge

Moraine Lake, Banff Alberta

SingularityU Canada
Global Impact Challenge

Applications closed

See challenge

SingularityU Chile Global Impact Challenge - Icon

SingularityU Chile
Global Impact Challenge

Applications closed

See challenge

SingularityU Japan
Global Impact Challenge

Applications open

Apply now

Egyptian pyramids in sand desert and clear sky

SingularityU MENA
Global Impact Challenge

Applications closed

See challenge

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Past Challenges

Here are some of the challenges we’ve held in the past.

SingularityU 2016 92Y

SingularityU 92Y

USA | Global Impact Challenge

Competition closed

SingularityU 2016 Argentina

SingularityU Argentina

Argentina | Global Impact Challenge

Competition closed

SingularityU 2016 Central & Eastern Europe

SingularityU Central & Eastern Europe

Europe | Global Impact Challenge

Competition closed

SingularityU 2016 Chile

SingularityU Chile

Chile | Global Impact Challenge

Competition closed

SingularityU 2016 Denmark

SingularityU Denmark

Denmark | Global Impact Challenge

Competition closed

SingularityU 2016 Finland

SingularityU Finland

Finland | Global Impact Challenge

Competition closed

SingularityU 2016 France

SingularityU France

France | Global Impact Challenge

Competition closed

SingularityU 2016 Italy

SingularityU Italy

Italy | Global Impact Challenge

Competition closed

SingularityU 2016 Mexico

SingularityU Mexico

Mexico | Global Impact Challenge

Competition closed

SingularityU 2016 Norway

SingularityU Norway

Norway | Global Impact Challenge

Competition closed

SingularityU 2016 Peru

SingularityU Peru

Peru | Global Impact Challenge

Competition closed

SingularityU 2016 Puerto Rico

SingularityU Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico | Global Impact Challenge

Competition closed

SingularityU 2016 South Africa

SingularityU South Africa

South Africa | Global Impact Challenge

Competition closed

SingularityU 2016 Spain

SingularityU Spain

Spain | Global Impact Challenge

Competition closed

SingularityU 2016 The Netherlands

SingularityU The Netherlands

The Netherlands | Global Impact Challenge

Competition closed

SingularityU 2016 University of Georgia

SingularityU University of Georgia

USA | Global Impact Challenge

Competition closed

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Frequently Asked Questions

Some of the most commonly asked questions

Global Impact Challenges (GICs) are annual incentive competitions held in partnership with sponsor organizations worldwide and organized by geography and theme. These challenges are an open call to entrepreneurs, technologists and scientists with the most innovative ideas for moonshot innovations and startups that can positively impact a billion people in 10 years.

You’re an ideal candidate if you:

  • Are an experienced entrepreneur who has already turned over at least one successful company, and are ready to do it again in the impact space
  • Are a technical or problem space expert who is eager to build a company alongside a seasoned entrepreneur
  • Are an accomplished technologist, scientist, or change agent and are recognized as a thought leader in your chosen field(s)
  • Have an innovative solution to an urgent global challenge that leverages exponential technologies and can positively impact a billion people within 10 years

For information on open challenges, you can sign up to receive updates on new GICs as they’re announced.

The schedule varies from one challenge to another. For more information, please consult the individual challenge listings above.

Applicants:

  • Must be at least 21 years of age
  • Must speak fluent English

For specific eligibility requirements, see the individual challenge pages.

No, ideas do not have to be at a certain stage to be submitted.

Intellectual property resulting from a GIC belongs to the applicant(s).

The selection process has two to three phases, depending on the challenge. The first phase involves a review of all applications to determine 5-10 finalists, and the second phase involves final judging to select the winner—this is either done remotely via video call, or at a pitch event.

  • Degree of solution’s relevance to the theme of the challenge
  • Feasibility, viability and coherence of implementing the idea
  • Entrepreneurial and innovative potential, with a focus on technological novelty
  • Applicant’s leadership experience, profile, potential, and achievements

Note: Selection criteria may vary from one challenge to another.

If the challenge winner is part of an existing team—the team is not eligible—only the individual who applied would come to SU.

GIC winners are responsible for their own travel expenses to/from SU.

GIC winners are responsible for obtaining any necessary visas required for their attendance for SU programs. Most of our non-US passport holding participants have attended on a ESTA waiver program, tourist visa, or a B-1 or B-2 business visa. Despite having “University” in its name, SU is not an accredited, degree-granting institution and therefore does not sponsor student visas.

In the rare case where a GIC winner is denied a visa, the winner forfeits his or her winning seat to the GIC first runner-up and would have to then reapply for admission in a future year.